Titanic Submarine Suffers ‘Catastrophic Implosion,’ US Coast Guard Confirms
In a tragic development, the US Navy has officially confirmed that the OceanGate Titan submersible, which went missing during a dive to the Titanic wreck, suffered a “catastrophic implosion.” The submersible had five individuals on board, including three British nationals, who have been declared dead by the US Coast Guard.
The confirmation of the implosion came after the Navy detected sounds consistent with such an event shortly after the submersible lost contact. Rear Admiral John Mauger of the Coast Guard announced the deaths based on patterns of debris found near the site.
Earlier, a Canadian aircraft had reported underwater noises in the search area, raising hopes of finding the crew alive. However, the information was not definitive enough to continue the search and rescue mission.
The submersible lost contact approximately one hour and 45 minutes into its dive, around 435 miles south of St John’s, Newfoundland. James Cameron, the filmmaker behind the movie “Titanic,” had also encountered difficulties during his dives to the wreck, including being trapped for 16 hours against the stern of the ship due to strong currents.
OceanGate, the manufacturer of the Titan submersible, was previously sued by former employees in 2018, raising questions about the safety of their equipment. The company’s CEO, Stockton Rush, was among those on board the ill-fated expedition.
As the search efforts continue, a debris field near the Titanic shipwreck has been discovered by the US Coast Guard. The tail cone and parts of the pressure hull have been located, but the chances of recovering the bodies are uncertain.
The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the risks involved in deep-sea expeditions, with the depths of the Atlantic posing significant challenges. The international community mourns the loss of the five individuals and expresses condolences to their families and loved ones.